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Modulating the behaviour of cancer myofibroblasts to control tumour desmoplasia

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 Coordinator Country Cyprus [CY]
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 Total cost 163˙648 €
 EC max contribution 163˙648 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-06-01   to  2017-05-31


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1    UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS CY (NICOSIA) coordinator 163˙648.00


 Project objective

In many tumors a desmoplastic reaction takes place during progression, which results in extensive production of collagen by stromal cells of the tumor, mainly fibroblasts and myofibroblasts. Tumor desmoplasia determines in large part the patho-physiology of solid tumors and poses a major barrier to effective drug delivery, affecting the overall survival of cancer patients. Here, the applicant proposes to test the hypothesis that the increase in extracellular matrix (ECM) stiffness and transforming growth factor-beta (TGFβ) activation often observed during tumor progression have additive effects on tumor desmoplasia. Therefore, targeting any of these parameters alone or in combination can reduce the desmoplastic response of the stromal cells. To explore this hypothesis, a combination of cutting-edge techniques will be employed. Specifically, a collagen ECM model, with pre-determined topography and tunable stiffness will be developed. Subsequently, fibroblasts and myofibroblasts will be cultured in the ECM models. Cells nano-mechanical behavior and their morphodynamic alterations will be investigated with Atomic Force Microscopy and light/fluorescence microscopy under the presence or absence of TGFβ or anti-TGFβ agents. Finally, the effects of matrix stiffness along with different TGFβ concentrations in the expression pattern of genes encoding ECM components will be investigated using real-time PCR. The research results will elucidate the mechanisms of the interplay between matrix stiffness and TGFβ production in modulating the ability of fibroblasts and myofibroblasts to form tumor desmoplasia. In the proposed project, the fellow will acquire scientific and complementary skills according to his personalized career development plan and through advanced training, international and inter-sectoral mobility will reach a position of professional maturity in research.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Andreas Stylianou
Atomic Force Microscopy for Collagen-Based Nanobiomaterials
published pages: 1-14, ISSN: 1687-4110, DOI: 10.1155/2017/9234627
Journal of Nanomaterials 2017 2019-06-14
2016 Andreas Stylianou, Triantafyllos Stylianopoulos
Atomic Force Microscopy Probing of Cancer Cells and Tumor Microenvironment Components
published pages: 33-46, ISSN: 2191-1630, DOI: 10.1007/s12668-015-0187-4
BioNanoScience 6/1 2019-06-14
2017 S V Kontomaris, A Stylianou
Atomic force microscopy for university students: applications in biomaterials
published pages: 33003, ISSN: 0143-0807, DOI: 10.1088/1361-6404/aa5cd6
European Journal of Physics 38/3 2019-06-14

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